What Are Your Fertility Preservation Options , Hurdles & Methods

What are the technologies available to me as a patient for preserving my fertility?

As freezing technology progressed, egg freezing has become a very good option for fertility preservation. The eggs are frozen indefinitely, and there success rate is linked to the patient’s age at the time of freezing. This has given a great opportunity for patients that are not contemplating having a child until later, or they are at a young age. Also they might not be married or have a male partner, so egg freezing also gives them the freedom of preserving fertility without selecting at the time the male component.

What if I have a partner already does that influence the decision?

Yes indeed it does. However the needs of patients do vary, and in the case of patients who are married or have a male partner, or for those that already have children. Egg freezing is not the ideal method for fertility preservation for a number of reasons. The eggs have to survive the freeze thaw process. The eggs have to be fertilized by sperm. The resulting embryo needs to be a healthy embryo. And finally after transferring the embryo to the uterus, it has to implant and result in a healthy pregnancy.

There exists a method that takes it a step further in the fertility preservation endeavor. In this method we attempt cryopreservation of chromosomally healthy blastocysts. This process entails after retrieving the eggs, they are fertilized to obtain embryos. The embryos are then cultured for 5 days or so. The resulting embryo called a blastocyst, this blastocyst is evaluated genetically with pre implantation genetic screening. The embryos are also frozen indefinitely, however more of the hurdles in the process of obtaining a pregnancy with a healthy baby have been crossed.

What are the hurdles that this method overcomes?

In this process therefore the eggs are already fertilized, the embryos are cultured to the blastocyst stage, the embryo has been evaluated chromosomally and the abnormal embryos are not an obstacle in both the ability to get pregnant and the delay in attempting pregnancy with an abnormal egg.

How are the embryos stored?

The embryos are not only stored indefinitely, they are also stored individually, they have the same success rate of pregnancy that is linked to the patients age at the time of freezing not at the time they are utilized.

Can I choose the sex of the baby?

Another added benefit of storing embryos that have been evaluated chromosomally is the ability to select the gender of the embryo utilized for pregnancy. This could be very useful in family planning and family balancing.

Which method is ideal for me?

Patients presenting for fertility preservation have many options and the correct or ideal method may be applicable for a particular person and not another. The circumstance is critical for deciding. In the case of a young single female the ideal method would be to cryopreserve eggs. In the case of a married patient or who already has a partner, storing embryos that have been determined to be chromosomally normal is the ideal method.

Patients should present to the fertility doctor and have a frank discussion about their desires and needs before formulating a plan to address the issues.

What is the advantage of New York Fertility Institute?

At New York fertility Institute a thoughtful evaluation is made with the patient and multiple fertility specialists. This is done to cover all the angles. The patient is treated in a very personalized way, with the highest level of care in the treatment plan. Patients at the end of the process are satisfied with the outcome. The resulting embryos or eggs are the patient’s property and stored at a permanent facility for utilization whenever or wherever the patient desires, without the added pressure of time in the equation. The purpose is to let the patient decide on completing her family without all the variable that exist at the time.

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